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pure elegance. pronovias for a classic wedding at lartington hall – stephanie & lee

October 16th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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There is no finer way to begin your week than poring over this utterly divine real wedding that takes place at one of our very favourite Northern venues, the stunning Lartington Hall.

Bride and groom, Stephanie and Lee, equally fell for this utterly beautiful setting for their big day with wow-worthy interiors, gorgeous gardens and impressive entertaining spaces as standard.

Keen to complement rather than complicate, the couple decided to let the venue speak for itself and add simple décor using an elegant colour scheme of golds, creams and blush, with whimsical flowers and greenery to complete their classic vision.

Our heart is totally stolen by Stephanie’s pretty Pronovias gown, complete with cathedral-length veil and pointy Emmy shoes. Actual #stylinggoals!

With images by Lee Scullion. Video by Brides Up North Sponsor, Silver Sixpence Films.

Lee and Stephanie from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

stephanie says: We got engaged in New York on Christmas Eve 2015. I had no idea Lee was going to propose. We had always talked about getting married but always thought it would be in a few more years (even though we had already been together for eight years). We were just walking through Central Park on the morning of Christmas Eve and Lee asked me if I would like to marry him. There was no one else around and he had a little box hidden in his pocket with a note inside. He knows how particular I am so wanted to take me with him so we could choose a ring together. We then went to Tavern On The Green for lunch.

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Our wedding date was May 13th 2017. At first, I was a bit dubious about choosing the 13th however we decided to ignore superstition and make 13 a lucky number for us. Plus, it meant all of our favourite suppliers were also available on that day as no one else wanted it!

We got married at Whitburn Parish Church and then went on to the beautiful Lartington Hall, Teesdale, for our reception.

From such a young age I always wanted to get married in my parish church so there was no doubt that the wedding ceremony was going to be there. As for the reception, we wanted a venue where none of our friends and family had been before. And me being me, wanted attention to detail and somewhere that had the wow factor.

We had heard of Lartington Hall but always thought it was a little bit too far (considering we were getting married in Whitburn) but after months of searching for the perfect place we decided to go and view it. We fell in love straight away!

We just wanted our wedding to be traditional, timeless and elegant and to reflect the beauty of Whitburn church and Lartington Hall. When choosing everything we pretty much did a full circle. We started off with very traditional ideas, moved to more rustic themes and then once the venue had been decided, we moved back to elegant and classic. I also wanted the flowers to be very whimsical and full of creams and greens.

For our stationery we chose Megan at Rosewood Co. We had seen Megan’s designs at a wedding fair so made an appointment so she could personalise something for us. Again, we went for very simple and elegant with a pearl ivory pocket fold wedding invitation tied with an ivory ribbon and name tag. The evening invitations had a hand drawn image of Lartington Hall on and the order of service had a hand drawn image of Whitburn Parish Church on. Our name place cards also had an image of Lartington Hall on and were finished with some dried flowers and ivory ribbon. Megan was extremely helpful and was in contact all of the time making sure it was exactly what we wanted. We again had some lovely comments from our guests about the stationery. It all turned out to be just what we wanted.

We went for very neutral colour scheme overall of golds, creams and blush. Again, we wanted the colours to be elegant and classic but also have a summery feel. I also thought about the colours that would suit my bridesmaids.

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My wedding gown was a Pronovias design from Mia Sposa in Newcastle. Every time I looked at wedding dresses I searched ‘plain wedding dresses’ so knew I was going to go for something very simple and traditional. I also loved the Pronovias designs. My chosen dress was the first one I tried on. I did try a few other different styles on but knew that the first one was ‘the one’. I also feel that because it had a full skirt, it suited the grandeur of a church wedding.

With the dress being very simple, I decided to have a crystal and pearl vine hair piece in my hair and a single tier, chapel-length veil which was edged with lace, also from Mia Sposa.

I also wanted to treat myself to a special pair of shoes and knew that I always wanted pointy shoes rather than sandals or a peep toe. I saw a pair of Emmy shoes at a wedding fair and fell in love with them straight away.

For jewellery, I wore a pair of single pearl earrings that belonged to my nanna (something old) and a pearl bracelet to match.

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It wasn’t too difficult for Lee to choose a suit either. He knew that he wanted to wear something a bit different as he ‘could wear a navy suit anytime,’ so he went for a tux. We hired his tux from Moss Bros. We also felt like this reflected the vintage/1920s feel of Lartington Hall. Many people said you don’t really wear tuxedos for church weddings but again we wanted to be a bit different so just went ahead with it. His shoes were from Kurt Geiger. The groomsmen wore the same as Lee.

The bridesmaid’s dresses were peach and were from Watters, which we bought from Laura Lea Boutique in Old Eldon Square, Newcastle. The girl there was so friendly and helpful and knew exactly what styles suited different body shapes.

The bridesmaids also wore matching heart shaped, crystal earrings and necklace from Swarovski – which we bought them as a gift.

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Marie Scroggins at ND Makeup did our hair and makeup. Marie was so helpful and such a lovely girl to share the morning of the wedding with. I have known Marie a while and always knew I wanted her to do my wedding hair and makeup. She offered advice both at the trial and on the day but also listened to mine and the bridesmaid’s requests and ideas.

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relive the romance: introducing cine reportage

July 25th, 2017 | Julia Braime

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Beyond pro wedding photography, we’re often encouraging our readers to consider video too, for while photographs freeze those perfect moments in time, film footage enables you to relive the moments over and over again.

And just how there are many differing styles of photography, there are also lots of types of videographers, so it’s well worth exploring the options. For those wanting something super special and individual with a hint of nostalgia, we’d highly recommend checking out the awe-inspiring work of our fabulous new Sponsor William Cummock of Ciné Reportage.

Based in West-Yorkshire, William has an impressive collection of Super 8 and 16mm cameras, dating from the 1930s to the 1980s, which he uses to shoot, capturing weddings on real film – which we think you’ll agree is a great novelty and skill in this digital age!

The result is utterly beautiful and super romantic footage that will cause you to weaken at the knees (and tear ducts!). So, while we grab the Kleenex, we’ll hand over to William who’s here to share more details and examples of his stunning work…

Confetti… from Cine Reportage on Vimeo.

When did you first start filming weddings and how did you get into it?

william says: I studied Fine Art at university and purchased my first super 8 camera to record the process of painting, but it soon became more about the film than the painting. I teamed up with a friend to enter a Super 8 film competition called straight 8 that I’d seen on Channel 4 late one night. Amazingly, we were selected for their prestigious Cannes Film Festival screening for a record five consecutive years and had our work screened at festivals all over the world. Alongside a few exhibitions and screenings in London art galleries and forays into the world of music videos and animation, I took over the running of straight 8 full-time until 2012 and still help out today.

In 2010 I offered to shoot a few friend’s weddings on Super 8 as gifts and Ciné Reportage was born. I loved doing it and it’s what I’ve done ever since.

How would you describe your style videography and how does it set you apart?

I shoot on Super 8 and 16mm film. It’s real film, like the stuff that you used put in your camera 20 years ago – you need to send it to a lab to be processed and digitally transferred before you can see it. Film has a unique, tactile beauty that can’t be replicated digitally. It’s not the easiest format to shoot with, but I think it’s the most beautiful and the most romantic.

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What is it that you love most about your job?

I feel privileged to be doing what I do. I’m invited to witness and record incredibly important and intimate moments in people’s lives. I can’t think of many circumstances in commercial film production where a client would be so happy with your work that they’d shed tears of joy! It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.

In your opinion what are the most important things for a couple to consider when deciding which videographer to book for their wedding?

Videographers and filmmakers are definitely not one-size-fits-all. There’s a wealth of talent out there and a lot of different ways of working. It’s worth putting in some research to find films that you love and someone that will work in a way that you’re happy with. If you see films with loads of footage of the couple on their own, do bear in mind how much time you’d like to spend away from the party!

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best of both worlds. madison james for a glamorous country wedding at aldby park – lindsey and andy

February 14th, 2017 | Laura McDonagh

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Happy Valentine’s Day Brides up North! Did you catch our weekend wish list?

It’s time to get all romantic on these pretty pages as today’s seriously sophisticated couple pulled out all the stops for their wedding in glorious Yorkshire. After the groom’s idyllic proposal in Champagne, Lindsey wore Madison James, Andy wore his RAF Number Ones, and beautiful blooms, jaw-dropping home bakes and fizz (Champagne, obviously) were the order of the day.

This outdoor-loving pair created a striking fusion of styles – Lindsey’s deep-cut beaded dress and the colour scheme’s copper accents feel very city chic, but their stunning sailcloth Sperry marquee and those hayfield tandem photographs are pure countryside class.

The best of both worlds – and simply gorgeous to boot.

With images by Chris Milner and video by Brides Up North Sponsor Silver Sixpence Films.

Andy and Lindsey from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

lindsey says: We got engaged in the Champagne region of France in August 2015. Andy booked us first class Eurostar tickets for a weekend in Paris and Champagne. On the day we got engaged, he had hired a tandem bike (we both like cycling and had cycled from London to Paris earlier in the year together). We cycled from vineyard to vineyard and sampled lots of champagne. It rained a little in the morning so we got wet on the bike but at the last Champagne House the clouds parted and the sun came out beautifully. At around 3pm we got back on the tandem for the last time to cycle back. We’d only been cycling for about ten minutes down a beautiful quiet country lane when we got to a hill. Having had a good few glasses of bubbly in us, Andy asked if we could ‘take five’ at the top and enjoy the view down the valley. And that’s where he took off his helmet (and I thankfully did the same!) and he dropped down on one knee and popped the question!

We spent the rest of the evening drinking champagne (obviously!) and got planning what our dream wedding could look like….

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We got married on 30th July 2016. We wanted a day in the summer so that (weather permitting) we could celebrate in the sun in my beautiful home county of Yorkshire. I grew up on a farm and we both love the countryside so we wanted to be able to celebrate in with the trees and flowers in full bloom and Yorkshire looking glorious.

We got married at St Helen and the Holy Cross Church in Sheriff Hutton, followed by a Sperry (white marquee by Papakata) reception at Aldby Park in Buttercrambe. We fell in love with the venue and it ticked every box for us – a combination of a stunning stately home surrounded by acres and acres of open fields and countryside as far as the eye can see. A very country style look with the glamour of an incredibly handsome period property. The owners allowed us to have our marquee on their beautiful garden at the rear of the house so that we also had a view down the steep bank to the River Derwent. Perfect! The owners also allowed us to have a camping area so as many of our friends as we wanted were able to camp at the venue for free which was really helpful. We hired a handful of deck chairs and shepherds’ crooks (from Add Vintage) to create a summer’s evening chillout area on the lawn.

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The Sperry tent is stunningly elegant. It is made out of sailcloth and has incredible roof contours. We both loved how striking it is and different to any normal marquee we’d seen. Also, Andy has sailed extensively (his parents have a boat on the South coast still) so having a tent made out of sail cloth seemed very apt.

We had a bit of a bike theme (referencing back to the big fat engagement) so we made a bicycle wheel chandelier, sprayed it bronze and suspended it above the dancefloor. We also had a tandem on the day and cycled through the fields at dusk (I just about mastered the art of hitching up a wedding dress!)

Our colours were pale blue and copper. We wanted some blue in the theme as Andy’s RAF uniform is blue. So we went with a pale shade throughout with some copper touches to complement and also to bring some sparkle to the colour theme.

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I wore a fitted beaded gown from Madison James. It had straps and a deep cut-out back. I actually found it at a wedding fair in Manchester. Andy agreed to attend one fair and accidentally (honestly!) I picked one of the biggest in the UK. Typically, I found the dress on a mannequin while we were walking round so I waited until we were well past it before asking Andy if he wouldn’t mind finding a quiet spot in a café at the other side of the show and having a coffee on his own while I checked something out! About 45 minutes later I returned to poor Andy, knowing that I had probably found the dress, but hadn’t felt brave enough to hand over the credit card without having had a second opinion.

The same show returned in the October so I went back with my mum and one of my bridesmaids (Natalie, who had flown over from Amsterdam where she lives) so I could try the dress again. I safely assumed that mum and Natalie’s tears were a good sign so half-an-hour later (after they’d wrestled the dress off me!) we were sitting drinking more champagne celebrating that I’d found my dream dress.

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Andy is an Officer in the RAF so he wore his Number Ones to get married in. He changed into a navy suit (matching the bestman and ushers) just after our drinks reception and before sitting down for dinner. Andy’s wedding ring was made out of an engine turbine from a Concorde airplane. His dad was a flight engineer on Concorde and flew for British Airways for 20 years until retirement. We trawled the country trying to find a working jewellers who could work with a titanium piece of engine and eventually found one in Birmingham. They etched a drawing of Concorde into the inside of the ring alongside our initials and our wedding date.

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capturing the action: love two film

December 15th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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Whether you’re just starting out on your wedding planning journey or the big day is now just a matter of months away, we highly recommend considering the services of a videographer to capture all the action of your special day, so that you can look back on it time and time again.

As such, today on the blog we’re catching up with expert in the field and Brides Up North Sponsor, Bruce Marshall of Love Two Film.

Based in Cheshire, but happy to travel, Bruce is a pro in telling the story of a wedding day with quality, discretion and creativity, and is always looking out for those special moments. His style is reportage in that he documents a wedding in a candid and unobtrusive way – the result is fabulous footage that reflects the true energy and emotions of the day. Just take a look at his work!

And if you do like what you see, Bruce is offering a 10% discount to couples that find him through Brides Up North – so be sure to mention this post when getting in touch.

Now let’s find out some more about Love Two Film. Ready. Set. Action!

Lauren & Daniel_Feature Highlights from Love Two Film on Vimeo.

How did you get into wedding videography?

bruce says: Originally, as a film school graduate I was asked by friends if I’d film their wedding, “Yes, of course” I’d say. I quickly realised what hard work wedding videography was and pursued my career as a video editor, working on classic shows, such as Bob the Builder and Pingu, never imagining that a few years later, filming weddings would be a full-time job. Working as a professional editor for a broadcast studio on an internationally successful brand has served me well as I head up Love Two Film. Story had always been at the heart of what I have done and I bring that love and understanding of how to tell a good story to my videography.

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What attracted you to wedding videography specifically?

Weddings days are dynamic, and by that, I mean there is lots going on. From the moment I switch on my camera I am looking for shots, compositions, interesting light, details and thinking how I can best capture a movement or anticipate an action. I have realised as a creative person that a wedding day gives me the perfect scenario to capture something beautiful; be that a breath-taking landscape filmed as the sun sets, or two people so completely in love they’ve forgotten I am there.

I prefer to film in a reportage style so I love it when I can just blend in with the guests and shoot the candid moments. I look to capture that something special that weddings always deliver.

Rachel & Ryan_Long Feature from Love Two Film on Vimeo.

What is it that you love most about your job?

I’m guessing it’s a cliché if I say I love it all, but in the main I do love my job. I thrive on new experiences on planning the next shoot, prepping gear, researching venues and meeting new couples. I have found one of the most rewarding aspects of my job is making the time to meet my clients, talk to them over a drink and just get to know them a little bit. For me, and hopefully them, I just become another friendly face on their wedding day wishing them well and yes, waving a camera around.

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Why do you think having a wedding filmed is such an important element of the day?

I always think of two friends when I answer questions like this, here are the words of my friend Beth who didn’t get her wedding filmed:

“I love looking at my wedding photo album, but when I saw my brother’s wedding video, my heart sank a little – I wish I had our day captured, to watch over and over! And to cherish those moments forever. It’s the most beautiful way to remember the most important day.”

Beth said it much better and more simply than I would have and she gets across that sense of loss almost, a moment missed.

And then here are the words of my friend Lauren, who got me started on this wedding video adventure:

“We were so impressed with our wedding video from Love Two Film, it captured the day so perfectly and is the thing we look at the most (even more than our wedding photos actually!) Love Two Film were not only unobtrusive and professional, but they went the extra mile to capture details we love to look at time and time again. Definitely an investment we are so glad we made!”

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summer bloom. an elegant country wedding at rookery hall – charlotte & tom

November 21st, 2016 | Alexis Forsyth

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This afternoon on the blog, we join couple Charlotte and Tom as they tie the knot in the captivating surroundings of Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa – an exquisite country house that dates back to the 1800’s.

The epitome of country chic, their big day brings together beautiful blooms, gorgeous ice creams and drinks on the outdoor terrace and dreamy photographs amongst the splendor of the venue’s stunning gardens and fountains.

With images by Mr Sleeve.

Charlotte and Toms Wedding Highlights from Love Gets Sweeter on Vimeo.

charlotte says: We got engaged on 21st July 2012 in Bruges, Belgium. Tom had flown out to Belgium for work and I joined him to make a holiday of it. After some Dutch courage (or just a casual drink from my perspective), Tom suggested a walk around the Lac D’Amour at sunset. After waiting what seemed like an age for a Chinese tourist group to leave the picturesque bridge, Tom got down on one knee and popped the question.

We got married on 28th August 2015. We chose this date to make the most of the Bank Holiday weekend and so that friends and family travelling long distances could make the journey more easily and enjoy the weekend more.

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We tied the knot at Rookery Hall in Nantwich, Cheshire. When we visited the venue, we immediately fell in love with its light airy rooms, grounds and the overall feel of the place.

We didn’t have a wedding theme, as such. Instead, we decided on summer tones with the groomsmen and bridesmaids wearing light shades of blue. We had brightly coloured flowers, with lots of wildflowers and herbs.

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Tom and our groomsmen wore slate blue suits from Next, and the bridesmaids wore a bluey-green coloured dress. We really struggled to decide on a colour; we didn’t want anything too dark or rich as we hoped for a lovely sunny day. We both liked blue tones though, and we thought that these shades would also flatter our entourage!

I wore the Cielo gown by Miquel Suay in ivory. After lots of online window shopping and a couple of visits to wedding boutiques to try on dresses of all shapes, this dress ticked all the boxes with a lace bodice and a soft, romantic feel.

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Our photographer was Mr Sleeve (Steve Longbottom). He was fantastic and captured some amazing shots; we loved his style of candid, journalistic photography.

We also had Charlene of Love Gets Sweeter as our videographer. Charlene was great too – she blended into the background and even helped out with an emergency safety pin and we have a lovely video to help remember our special day.

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Our flowers were supplied by Heather at Living Colour Flowers in Stockton Heath, Warrington. Heather was fantastic at understanding the overall aesthetic we were after, other florists seemed unable to offer any suggestions when we said we had no specific flowers in mind. The bouquet had bright Vuvuzela roses, purple veronica, blue thistle, yellow craspedia, bay, thyme, rosemary, succulents, and was wrapped in blue leather as a ‘something blue’. The bridesmaids had similar bouquets, and the boys had buttonholes of tiny succulents with a small flower, wrapped in twine.

The flowers for our reception were also provided by Living Colour, with an undone feel, lots of bright colours, with arrangements in little jam jars and scientific glassware (as we both have microbiology PhDs) and on wooden plinths. As for the room décor – Eventures in Manchester provided the chairs and room dressing.continue reading

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a lifetime of happy memories: silver sixpence films (plus a discount for our readers!)

July 25th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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This afternoon on the blog we’re catching up with our hugely talented Sponsor Silver Sixpence Films, to remind our readers that a videographer is a supplier that should not be overlooked.

So many times we’ve experienced brides that we’ve featured on the blog saying that their only wedding regret is that they didn’t get the day filmed. We don’t want you to have the same regrets and so professional videographers Penny and Ed of Silver Sixpence Films, are taking over the blogging reins today to explain what’s in it for you, and why it’s such a huge passion of theirs.

Better still, Penny and Ed are running a Winter Promotion for any November to March weddings with discounts on all our packages. So if you like what you see (and trust us, you will!) just quote WINTERBUN when enquiring and they’ll give you full details!

Now on with the show, 3-2-1, action…

Rich and Will from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

Can you give us a little background on Silver Sixpence Films?

penny says: We set up Silver Sixpence Films in 2013 when Ed and I decided to have a change of career following a long career working in the film industry in London. Ed was working as a visual effects editor and I as a director’s assistant. Between us we had racked up some pretty impressive film credits including three Harry Potter films, Skyfall, Casino Royal, Prince of Persia, Edge of Tomorrow – the list goes on!

Both Ed and I have always loved filming and producing our own projects and whenever possible Ed was making his own short films and had been regularly asked to film at weddings for friends and family, which he loved doing. We found that there was a lot of freedom and creativity in wedding videography, but most of all we loved the people, and telling their stories. After the birth of our daughter we realized that we enjoyed our time spent making wedding films and helping people capture their day more than we were enjoying our feature film work and so we set up Silver Sixpence Films. Amazingly we booked 15 weddings in our first year and it has just snowballed from there! At the time we were living in Kent and our daughter was 18 months so the move back to East Yorkshire (my home town) seemed risky and a big change, but we went for it and have never looked back.

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Can you give us a brief overview of the services that you offer to wedding couples?

We pride ourselves in having our own unique style of filming and find that people book us because of this. We work really closely with our clients and are available to them as much as they like in the run up to the wedding. We have a number of packages available for all budgets, but will often create bespoke packages, as every wedding is different and we like to offer the opportunity to fit in with a client’s specific needs. It is important to us that we don’t interfere with the wedding day and so we try and be as unobtrusive as possible when filming. In fact, people often tell us that they didn’t realize anyone was making a video when they see our finished film.

Pete and Hannah from Silver Sixpence Films on Vimeo.

What sets you apart from other videographers?

We offer a really personal service to our clients, (we don’t have a corporate bone in our bodies!) From start to finish everything is bespoke; from the filming packages we create, to the coffee chats and (often hilarious) Skype calls. Our packaging is beautifully handmade; lovingly hand stamped with hand written notes inside. We often become good friends with our clients and their families because we are available to them and will do anything to help them out and make sure, not just their wedding film, but their whole wedding runs smoothly and is a success. The majority of our business now comes through referrals from past clients, which we love. On top of that we bring with us a considerable amount of experience from feature films, enabling us to craft really cinematic films using tricks in the trade that we have learnt from real Hollywood legends. Working on high profile feature films with famous actors like (name drop alert!) Tom Cruise, Emma Watson and Daniel Craig, has given us very high standards, which means we work extra hard to produce a fantastic finished product.

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